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What You Should Know About Hernias

Last updated 3 years ago

A hernia is a common medical condition that can affect patients of all ages. Although hernias are seldom life threatening, they can cause pain and other health problems when left untreated. The Hernia Center at Palms of Pasadena Hospital delivers personalized hernia treatments designed to relieve patients’ pain and help them resume their normal activities quickly. If you’ve been diagnosed with a hernia, here is what you need to know.

What Is a Hernia?

Hernias occur when tissue or part of an internal organ pushes through muscle. There are several different kind of hernias, most of which occur in and around the abdomen. An umbilical hernia develops around the belly button. Inguinal hernias occur in the groin and are the most common type. With hiatal hernias, the upper stomach moves up into the chest cavity through a hole in the diaphragm. An incisional hernia occurs when tissue pushes through a scar or wound from a surgical procedure. A congenital diaphragmatic hernia is present at birth and requires immediate surgery.

What Are the Symptoms?

The exact symptoms of a hernia depend on the type. In many cases, the only symptom is swelling in the region of the hernia. Some patients also have pain. If you experience nausea or vomiting with your hernia, you should alert your doctor right away, as you may need immediate care.

How Are Hernias Treated?

At The Hernia Center, we will evaluate your hernia and create a treatment plan that is right for your needs. In some cases, watchful waiting is the first line of treatment, especially if the hernia causes no symptoms. However, in most instances, surgery for a hernia is necessary. When surgery is required, your doctor will work with you to decide on the right approach to alleviate your symptoms and help you have the fastest recovery possible.

Visit the Hernia Center at Palms of Pasadena Hospital in St. Petersburg if you’re struggling with a hernia. Our doctors will diagnose your hernia type and decide on the right surgical procedure. For more information on our St. Petersburg hospital, please call (855) 245-8328.


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